Pushing Turns

 For the beginner, your initial understanding of the turn is base upon the pull of one line; however, just the opposite is also true. You can also push one line in order to turn the kite. The kite turns when there is a difference in line length created by your actions, resulting in an angling of the kite’s wings. There are two key points to understanding regarding the push turn. First, it is critical to note that a pushed turned results in a turn  of the opposite direction from the pulled. For example, if I pull my left line, the kite turns to the left. But if I were to push the left line, the kite turns to the right. Why? Because in this left hand push step, the lines are actually in the same arrangement as if you pulled your right line. Second, you can produce snappier turns by using the push turn method. Actually the flyer’s actions make it look more like a “punch” turn. By pushing one hand out and bringing it back to your neutral position, you are starting and stopping the turn with precision. With practice, you should be able to snap 90º turns using this method. Start with two linked punches and gradually work your way to punching out a square. Yes, when the kite’s nose is pointing downward and flying quickly, it can be unsettling. Just remember to continue to punch out the turn. Starting high in the sky will certainly help. Once you become comfortable with this punch turn approach, try to snap a 90º turn with a pull.  Here’s a source for flying pattern ideas that rely upon punch turns. https://reeddesign.co.uk/kites/iskcb/index.html#MI

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